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Cops probe Eastgate Mall robbery

Police are on the hunt for three men who robbed a Telkom store and made off with cellphones.

FILE. Police are on the hunt for three men who robbed a Telkom store and made off with cellphones. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police have launched a manhunt for three men who robbed a Telkom store in the Eastgate Shopping Centre.

They say the men entered the store late on Wednesday afternoon and demanded cellphones from staff valued at an undisclosed amount of money, before fleeing.

On Tuesday, four men reportedly robbed a Telkom store at the Kolonnade Shopping Centre in Pretoria East, of cellphones with a resale value of R200,000.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says no one was injured and a case of business robbery is being investigated.

"Police have launched a manhunt of three men who entered a Telkom shop in the Eastgate Mall. They confronted the employees and demanded cellphones. They then disappeared. We don't know exactly how they fled from the mall."

BUSINESS ROBBERIES

On Wednesday, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) warned that the rise in violent business robberies, particularly at shopping malls, is a symptom of a troubled police Crime Intelligence Unit.

Several shopping centres have been targeted recently, with the Maponya Mall in Soweto and the Northgate Mall hit on Monday.

Last week thieves made off with equipment valued at hundreds of thousands of rands after robbing the iStore at the Centurion Mall.

The institute's Johan Burger says business robberies have been on the rise for the last three years.